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The first open ESDP Orientation Course received an extremely positive feedback

 

Representatives from around 50 different countries and international organisations came together in Brussels last week to receive a first-hand insight into the basic aspects of European Security and Defence Policy  (ESDP) as an essential part of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The intensive one-week programme started with a general introduction to the EU’s institutional framework and the principles and implementation of the European Security Strategy (ESS). In the following, lectures and panel discussions concentrated on EU civilian and military structures of crisis management, aspects of capability development and EU decision making processes. The EU’s relations with third states and international organisations, EU civilian and military operations and a discussion on the Western Balkans completed the programme. All the lectures were provided by highly experienced and qualified experts in the field coming mainly from EU institutions and the Austrian Presidency. The programme also included a guided tour through the European Parliament and allowed participants, for the first time in the framework of an ESDP OC, to witness parts of a European Union Military Committee (EUMC) meeting.

On the last day of the ESDP Orientation Course (ESDP OC), participants received a certificate signed by High Representative Javier Solana who had come to address the course himself and share his views on security issues. He underlined the valuable contribution the European Security and Defence College was making in giving participants a shared understanding of security and defence issues and stressed that the ESDP OC constituted an excellent preparation for personnel working in the capitals and the delegations in Brussels, contributing to a better understanding of what the EU was doing in the field of security and defence.

Asked about their opinion about the course, participants stressed the excellent opportunity the course provided for diplomats from inside and outside the EU to gain thorough knowledge and understanding of ESDP. They also underlined the importance of the platform it provided for people from various countries and structures to get together and establish close contacts.

ESDP OC
from left to right: Gernot Pfandler, Jochen Rehrl, Javier Solana

 

Date: 28.02.2006